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Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: This week's Council meeting is not due to involve any major action on the range of short- and long-term issues of concern to the European Union as a whole. This is disappointing given that this is the moment when the leadership of the Union has been transferred to new hands for the next five years. Fianna Fáil wishes the new Presidents of the Council and the Commission well in their...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: Who gets the points?

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach should talk to the Minister, Deputy Ross.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: When the Civil Service renewal programme was launched in 2014 it unfortunately suffered over-hype from its early stages, which is now the dominant approach to all Government plans. At the end of the implementation period in 2017 it was declared both that the renewal plan had been implemented and that reporting would continue to ensure that the plan would be implemented. If we are honest,...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: What was going on before the Taoiseach was appointed to his current office? What universe was he in?

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: What is the evidence base for how we can achieve that? Surely, there must be documentation.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Cabinet Committee Meetings (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: I said re-profile the whole plan.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Cabinet Committee Meetings (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach is very worried about the Greens. I wonder why.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Cabinet Committee Meetings (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: It is not up to date.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Cabinet Committee Meetings (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: It has not been up to date for ages.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: 6. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the work of his Department with the National Economic and Social Council. [49132/19]

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: In the past couple of years, NESC has focused much of its work on climate change and sustainability. This has been welcome and constructive work. This was acknowledged earlier this year when the Government launched its much delayed climate plan. For the past two months, I have been trying and failing to get the Taoiseach to summon up his reputation for straight talking, which used to be...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Cabinet Committee Meetings (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: Yesterday, the Taoiseach came out with another of his increasingly desperate attack lines, with the bizarre claim that we, on the Opposition side, are calling for the re-profiling of capital projects and to delay them. His memory is, again, very selective. The statement that capital projects would be re-profiled was made by his Government. For example, on 4 April, the Minister for Finance...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Cabinet Committee Meetings (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: When will the Taoiseach publish the reprofiling timetable and costs under the plan? I note his indication that the code for public spending will be updated. I note, too, that the Secretary General said in a memorandum to the Taoiseach and Cabinet that the Government had breached existing spending codes.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: I was reminded, during the last discussion, of the wonders of the free travel initiative in the late 1960s, which continues to have such a revolutionary impact on the quality of lives of many senior citizens in the country. That is the kind of innovation we require for senior citizens. An interesting piece of research was published this morning, entitled Building Community Resilience, by...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach acknowledges that it is shocking that so many children have to wait for so long. He referred to the NTPF. That was brought in against his best wishes.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: The former Minister, Senator James Reilly, got rid of the fund. He did not have to but he got rid of it because of his ideological position on it. It was a disastrous decision and it took confidence and supply to restore the fund. That said, the Taoiseach is still in denial about the recruitment embargo. I have a copy of an advertisement for an audiology post in July 2018. It is a key...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: No one in this House can dictate the planning process.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: I am just making a point to the Taoiseach.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: It is a serious matter for the parents of the children concerned.

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